Nancy Pelosi calls GOP budget ‘a war on women’
There is “a war on women,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says, and it’s being led by her own colleagues on the other side of the aisle in Congress.
“There is actually a war on women,” the California Democrat said Thursday in Washington, taking aim at House Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to abortions, among other measures.
“Abortion is one issue, but contraception and family planning and birth control are opposed by this crowd too,” the first female speaker of the House said of Republicans at the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Women, Money and Power Summit, CNN reported.
“We have a big fight on our hands, in terms of respect for women, and our, what is right for our country in terms of our family decisions, in terms of Medicaid and Medicare,” she said. “We have to create a drumbeat across America.”
House Republicans have proposed one bill that would eliminate all federal funding for abortions and restrict access to the procedure. Another measure, passed Thursday afternoon as part of the GOP-favored continuing resolution to keep the government functioning for another week, fund the military for the rest of the fiscal year and cut $12 billion in spending, includes among its cuts the end of federal funding for Planned Parenthood.